Andrew Garfield has had an up-and-down career in Hollywood. He first caught our attention in the critically acclaimed (and hit) movie ‘The Social Network.’ Then he got cast as ‘Spider-Man,’ replacing Tobey Maguire in the reboot. Then he got replaced as ‘Spider-Man’ when Marvel Studios took over the franchise from Sony. Now he’s got a new movie to promote, ’99 Homes,’ but if this interview is any indication, he’s struggling a bit with the challenges of fame.
Andrew kicked off his interview with the question:
Why the f**k am I doing this?”
Oh boy. I bet the interviewer was mentally preparing herself at that point. Andrew said:
Coming in today to do interviews, I’m like, Why? I know that I’m an actor and it’s part of the job, and I feel lucky I get to do that, but with the interviews, it’s such a weird thing. What do I have to say?”
In ’99 Homes,’ Andrew plays a laborer who’s evicted from his home and then tutored by an amoral real estate developer who teaches him that the way to success is to take it from others. When the interviewer asked him if he was motivated to take the role because of the movie’s message (don’t destroy the system of wealth in the United States because the opportunity is there for you to become wealthy), Andrew replied:
Yeah, in a much less articulate way… You f**king said it. It’s so heavy even talking about it. Hearing you talk, I just suddenly feel like my head is wrapped in cellophane. How do we wake up, how do I wake up, what do I do? Because I can stand here and be like, “We need to f**king do s**t.” I can say that. But if I’m not doing anything, what the f*k am I really doing?”
Good grief, has no one taught this guy any manners? He’s swearing like he’s talking to a buddy over drinks in a bar.
When Andrew was asked if he’s found “wealth and power to be seductive,” he said:
That’s such a great question. It goes back your previous question, where the change has to happen within ourselves, it has to start right here through each and every one of us. So for me, yeah, I have. I started out at drama school, struggled, worked a bunch of odd jobs, like Starbucks, waited on tables, and had a very beautiful beginning doing theater and f**king starving in the best way. The work was this alchemical gold thing that I was searching for and longing for.
“And then, yeah, something shifted with the Spider-Man stuff. It was a character that I wanted to play my whole life and not one part of me was indifferent … but I got incredibly uncomfortable with the attention that just came with that job. It was nothing to do with me, it was to do with this idea of celebrity. Hopefully I’m just more myself as I get older and as I grow, but in our culture they’re telling us to be something totally f**king different.
“…We are told constantly we’re not enough, we’re told constantly that we don’t have enough, we’re told constantly that we’ll never be enough. It’s that dangling-carrot thing.
“That was my experience with the Spider-Man thing. It’s like, “Oh, f**k, my life is now great!” But in fact, I’m still f**ked up in my own ways, and insecure, and scared, and don’t really know who I am. Celebrity is the new religion, as far as I can see, along with money, power, status. It’s all the same umbrella — the seductive forces of evil, really.”
Those are some pretty powerful statements there! It’s clear that he’s feeling the pressure of celebrity and fame. I’m sure he’s not the only actor to feel this way; he was just a lot more honest about it in this interview. You can read Andrew’s entire interview with Vulture. Maybe he was just in a really bad mood…
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